A dinosaur fossil found in America and now residing in the
Netherlands is being honored on new medals.
The Naturalis Museum of Natural History in Leiden, Netherlands, owns
one of the largest collections of natural history items in the world,
and now a Tyrannosaurus rex found in Montana in 2013 during
expeditions the museum funded.
The dinosaur — nicknamed Trix — went on display Sept. 10, to remain
on view through June 5, 2017. The Naturalis became the first museum
outside North America to own and exhibit a T. rex, and it’s one of the
most complete skeletons of T. rex ever found.
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To celebrate the “T. rex in Town” exhibit, the Royal Dutch Mint
issued two medals sharing similar designs. Which side is obverse or
reverse is not specified, but both medals depict the skeleton of Trix
on one side, with TRIX and TYRANNOSAURUS REX inscribed around. The
other side of each shows the T. rex in Town exhibit logo.
Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel and Proof .925 fine silver
medals were issued, the latter with glow-in-the-dark technology
highlighting its logo side.
The BU medal’s weight is 15.5 grams and diameter, 33 millimeters.
With a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces, it retailed for €9.95, but sold
out as of Oct. 10. The Proof medal’s weight is 31.1 grams and
diameter, 38.6 millimeters. With a mintage limit of 750 pieces, it
retails for €59.95.
For more information, visit the Royal Dutch Mint website.